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4:05 PM ET, June 8, 2006

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Washington Post:
No Tolls on The Internet  —  Congress is about to cast a historic vote on the future of the Internet.  It will decide whether the Internet remains a free and open technology fostering innovation, economic growth and democratic communication, or instead becomes the property of cable …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Photos Beta Launches Today  —  The much anticipated new Yahoo Photos Beta will launch on Thursday morning, around 9 am PST.  —  Sign in with your Yahoo ID at photos.yahoo.com.  If you see a "try the new beta" image/link in the top right, it's live.  Click on the link to request an invitation …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo rolls out photo site beta  —  Yahoo is expected to launch on Thursday a limited beta of a new Yahoo Photos site that allows people to download high-resolution photos, tag shots with descriptors for easy search and comment on other peoples' images.  —  Yahoo Photos offers …
Discussion: dailywireless.org and 21talks
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Yahoo pours AJAX on photo service
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Another Windows Vista Bites the Dust  —  Microsoft has cut PC-to-PC synchronization from Vista.  Vista Beta 2, which is slated to go to as many as two million testers, does not include the P2P synchronization technology.  Quality is the reason for the latest cut, Microsoft officials said.
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New York Times:
Hacker Said to Resell Internet Phone Service  —  Federal authorities arrested one man in Miami and another in Spokane, Wash., today in connection with what they said was a hacking scheme involving the resale of Internet telephone service.  —  The suspects were said to have illegally tapped …
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New York Times:
2 Charged in Scheme Said to Defraud Internet Phone Providers  —  Federal authorities yesterday arrested a Miami man who they said made more than $1 million in a hacking scheme involving the resale of Internet telephone service.  —  The suspect is accused of surreptitiously routing calls through …
Discussion: 21talks and GigaLaw.com Daily News
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Microsoft plans better disclosures of tool  —  SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. acknowledged Wednesday that it needs to better inform users that its tool for determining whether a computer is running a pirated copy of Windows also quietly checks in daily with the software maker.
Discussion: SuperGeek and duncanriley.com
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft's antipiracy tool phones home daily
Discussion: InfoWorld and Digital Inspiration
Michael Sippey / Six Apart:
Connect your TypePad feed to FeedBurner  —  We've been fans of FeedBurner for quite a while - they know the technology, business and user experience of feeds and content syndication better than pretty much anyone on the planet.  And they've built a great service that enables bloggers to manage their feeds …
Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
AOL subscribers up in arms over e-mail ads  —  Throngs of users threaten to say goodbye forever to AOL because of its decision to display ads with e-mail messages sent to paid subscribers  —  Millions have canceled their AOL LLC subscriptions in recent years, but Barbara Borchers has remained …
Discussion: The Browser
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Mike / Techdirt:
AOL Keeps Working Overtime To Drive Away Subscribers
Chris Pratley / Chris Pratley's OneNote Blog:
Syncing OneNote 2007 notes across your many PCs  —  Its an obvious thing.  You have two or more PCs that you work with.  You want to access all your stuff without having to think about which PC you have it on.  You don't want to have to manually schlep files between the two.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
BBC:
Online music row shuts web site  —  Internet firm Tiscali has suspended its music sharing Juke Box and accused the European recording industry of being "virtually impossible to work with".  —  It took the move after it was told to remove the service's search by artist.
darkreading.com:
Social Engineering, the USB Way  —  We recently got hired by a credit union to assess the security of its network.  The client asked that we really push hard on the social engineering button.  In the past, they'd had problems with employees sharing passwords and giving up information easily.
Discussion: Schneier on Security
Wolfgang Gruener / tgdaily.com:
What appears to be a 1080p TV, may actually not be a 1080p TV  —  Chicago (IL) - Shame on us.  Last week, we reported about four new LCD TVs from Hitachi that integrate a new generation video processor that is capable of "advanced 1080p histogram processing" for about $2200 in a 32" package.
Discussion: Gizmodo and HD Beat
Nicole Girard / CNET News.com:
Find out if you're being watched  —  With easily disguisable tracking devices the size of a paper clip available at any online spy tech store these days, it's difficult to know if and when you're being watched.  Eavesdroppers have devices at their disposal that can transmit your most private conversations …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
Watch a GPS Phone Being Delivered via UPS Live!  —  [The tracking site is being hammered by a Digg right now, so don't be surprised if you can't get in.]  —  This is just amazingly cool!  The guy who does Where's Tim (a web site which lets you track a guy who carries his phone around with him all the time) …
Discussion: The Browser and textually.org
 
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Microsoft:
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Ethan Zuckerman / WorldChanging:
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
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House Rules Committee Agrees to Network Neutrality Amendments
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Acer Aspire 9800 20in Notebook
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Sydney Morning Herald:
We were evil, Google founder admits
Ed Tittel / Tom's Hardware Guide:
A Continuing Work in Progress: The State of Linux 2006
Discussion: Download Squad
tivo.com:
TIVO ANNOUNCES REVOLUTIONARY NEW SERVICE, TIVOCAST; BRINGING …
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Rogue pharmacy poses as Google
Discussion: InsideGoogle
sonyericsson.com:
Sony Ericsson unveils GC86 EDGE PC Card
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Wii's classic games to be priced less than US$10